Saturday, September 15, 2007

Redeeming American Democracy: Lessons from the Confederate Constitution

by Marshall Derosa

From the publisher:
“Professor DeRosa goes boldly into territory where no one has ventured before and few have even known existed. Like an intrepid explorer of lands forgotten by time, he comes back with fresh knowledge — knowledge that Americans can use to save liberty and rules the law under Constitutional government.” — Clyde Wilson, distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina

The warring ideas of centralization and decentralization are at the core of modern political debates about the national economy, U.S. foreign policy, and citizens’ cultural values—just as they were among our Founding Fathers. In this controversial and thorough study, Professor Marshall DeRosa explains how the Confederate constitution carried decentralization even further than the original Constitution and added a number of safeguards against government, features which he argues would benefit Americans today.

Noting the presence of big government and excessive rules, DeRosa’s examination serves as a lesson and inspiration with his emphatic call for Americans to gain control and restore the substance of our democracy. He addresses the power of the threat of succession on rogue leaders—one of several astute theories posed that will inspire readers to reconsider their role in our nation’s redemption. The ultimate question remains: Will decisions be made in the communities where people live—or in Washington, D.C.?

Marshall L. DeRosa, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar and expert on the Confederate constitution. His expertise includes American constitutional law and policymaking, international law, and the judicial process. In addition to this first book with Pelican, he is the author of three books and several journal articles. He is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.